During the day the weather had been warm and sunny but by the time the Morpeth 10K began, the temperature was ideal for running, and there was only a slight breeze for the undulating course. For those who like to park in one place, change in another place ten minutes away and start the race in a different place, five minutes walk away from the race headquarters this is the ideal race for you! At least after the race all you had to do was make your way to the race headquarters at Morpeth Football Club, half a mile away and that was your warm down complete! Then you could tuck into the delicious spring rolls and noodles provided by the race hosts. And yes-oh joy-there was a bar!
As Poly people currently seem to be involved in Triathlons, ultra runs, Track and Field and going on holiday, there wasn’t a strong turnout for the race, which was dominated by Morpeth. The first four male runners in were wearing the familiar blue and white Morpeth kit. Morpeth women also claimed the first three places. However the Poly did pick up some NEMAA medals on the night, and some prizes.
Guy Bracken was fifth man in overall, and claimed the 1st over 50 men’s prize. Guy is currently training for the heat of Izmea where the European Championships will be held later this month. He was happy with his run and described it as ‘ a good little tester.’ Guy will also be competing in the 5K event at Birmingham this weekend, so he has a full programme.
Other notable prizewinners were-
Suzanne Thew (1st over 35 woman-though she’s actually now 40)
Claire Briggs (3rd over 35 woman ) A good result as this is the first 10K that Claire has done for a while, as she’s been concentrating on longer events.
Alison Cummings (1st over 55 woman, also 1st over 55 NEMAA Medal)
Ian Richardson, 1st over 60-NEMAA medal
Full results can be viewed on the Morpeth Harriers website